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Tim Pastoor

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What business models are outdated and what are the alternatives?

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"SOPA & PIPA are not about copyright. It is about protecting a dying business model. (...)
This isn't about stealing for the movie industry bigwigs and their high priced lobbyists. It's about desperately trying to maintain the old familiar business model that afforded them a lifestyle of Armani suits, lunch at Nobu and limos. It didn't work for music and its not going to work for movies."

- David Meerman Scott


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  • Jan 26 2012: I think part of the problem arises, in my opinion, from the different solutions on macro and micro levels. On the micro level, I agree that everyone is best served by following their passion and supporting their immediate community. On a macro level, I think profit is the primary solution to larger problems. Apply micro solutions to macro problems seems to create large amounts of unintended consequences. If we can find a way to monetize the elimination of poverty rather than the current system which monetizes the treatment of poverty, we might go a long way towards significantly raising living standards around the world.
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      Jan 27 2012: On a micro level, we're communicating and sharing information on a massive scale and on the fly nowadays, whereas on a macro-level we've got a monetary system which does the complete opposite when it comes to the social and humanitarian aspect.
      The way of how money is created is outdated. Therefor more and more people are starting to realize that we need some alternative(s) to this monetary system. To my opinion the problem already starts with governments who'll have to borrow money from private entities which can create said money out of thin air. It's totally bizarre once you start realizing how money creation works.
      Using this system as a basis for a healthy economy will probably never work. You'll never be able to totally control/balance the money circulating within your system and therefor inflation and deflation (read: purchasing power). Once countries take back the power to print money, from the aforementioned private institutions, and are able to print money debt- and interest-free, their economies will flourish like never before... Well, that's not totally true. Take Colonial Scrip, Hitler's (not that I'm a fan of the man) Labour Treasury Certificates, the English Tallysticks, the Swiss WIR Bank or the W├Ârgl Experiment for example.
      I don't believe that it's easy to implement this (Q: What about import/export for example? A: Barter..? Exchange markets..?) but do believe in other alternatives which are already being implemented worldwide noways, such as complementary currencies. I believe that these currencies could stabilize and balance the macro and economic markets and maybe, just maybe, could set an example for a new debt and interest free currency one day. I think that this would be the best solution to get rid of poverty and raise living standards at the same time, but it won't be an easy one.
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        Jan 28 2012: Yes I agree with that. You could google the affects of "fiat currencies" apparently they always collapse - recorded in gruesome detail in the histories of fall of Rome.
        But then, when you are presented with rare-token-pinned currencies (gold and silver) it is still subject to boom and bust. The reason for this is that the tokens are not tied to actual value. Consider a community silo - the silo master issues gold coins for sacks of grain as the people bring in the harvest - the coins are a token to redeam a sack of grain as the person requires it during the winter. The coins are gold - not because they have any real value, but because gold is durable and rare. It all works fine - the silo-master has to obtain gold and mint the tokens as needed to cover the incoming sacks, and at any given time there are as many coins in curculation as there are sacks of grain in the silo. But then .. what happens when rats have gotten into the silo and eaten the lot? What are your coins worth then? The link to value is broken.
        With the internet, we have no further need of coins - but these numbers we shovel around the network .. now they need to get pinned back to value. There is no longer any need for gold, and fiat currency becomes doubly useless. Now, for the first time in history, we have an opportunity to measure each person's contribution to the creation and increase of value as it is transformed from the Earth. But to avoid inflation from our own increase, the currency must be returned back to the Earth. Our waste must also be counted.
        THere is a big divide between physical increas (what can be used for physical needs) and intellectual increase (what can be used for tools and what can be used to enhance quality of life). The production of intellectual value still requires an input of physical value and effort, but is imortal whilever it can be copied and repeated. I argue that what is granted the creative should be counted just as our waste should be. SO how do you do that?
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        Jan 28 2012: AHA - I knew there was a fatal flaw in IP!!!
        If you attach a real monetary value to something that can be infinitely copied - in effect you have something that has the potential to generate infinite money!
        Of course, even in a "funny money" economy, the money is finite .. so the operation of IP is to syphon every bit of value from the economy!
        It's just kindergarten arithmetic.
        SO if economists and governments have done their arithmetic maybe they are doing something else .. but what? I suspect they just haven't done their sums.

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